The Kent Test

If you want to apply for a year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you can register your child for the Kent Test. The test assesses whether grammar school is a suitable option for your child.

If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current school secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

  • Register

    Registration for the Kent Test closed on 1 July 2015.

    If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

    If you have missed the deadline, please fill in and return the Kent Test registration form (PDF, 76.5 KB) as we may be able to accept a late application.

    If your child has a disability

    If your child has a disability or special educational need, which you believe means they will not be able to attempt the test in the normal way, you should discuss your concerns with the person in your child's school responsible for special educational needs (the SENCO). This is because any request for access arrangements is made by the school. This must be done by 10 July 2015.

    When you register your child online for the test, you will see a message after you have submitted the form asking you to confirm that you have discussed a request for access arrangements with the SENCO by sending an e-mail to kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk. If you use a paper form to register your child for the test, you can include written confirmation when you return it.

  • Test dates

    Your child will take the test in year 6 at primary school.

    The Kent Test dates for 2015 are:

    • 10 September 2015 for children who go to school in Kent
    • 12 September 2015 for children who go to school outside of Kent.
  • Test paper

    The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.

    The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.

    The second test will be a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.

    There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.

    The Kent Test familiarisation booklet (PDF, 967.4 KB) gives a description of the different parts of the test and advice on approaching the types of questions asked.

  • Results day and scores

    The results for the 2015 Kent Test will be sent out on 14 October 2015.

    Test scores are available from your primary school. We cannot give out test scores over the phone.

    The Kent grammar threshold will be published on the website when the results have been sent out.

    You can't appeal against your child's Kent Test results.

    If you need further advice, please email the secondary admissions team at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk, quoting your child's Pupil ID for security purposes.

  • What your score means

    Your child's score

    Your child will get three standardised scores, 1 for English, 1 for Maths and 1 for Reasoning.

    Standardisation is a statistical process which compares your child's performance with the average performance of other children in each test. A slight adjustment is made to take into account each child's age so that the youngest are not at a disadvantage.

    A standardised score of 100 represents an average performance for a child of a given age, with the lowest standardised score normally around 70 and the highest around 140.

    Grammar school threshold

    The threshold score for a Kent grammar school assessment can be different each year, because it takes into account the results children achieve. If lots of children score highly on the test, the pass mark is set higher. If lots of children get low scores, the pass mark is set lower.

    This means that until pupils have taken the tests and they have been marked, it is not possible to publish the threshold for grammar school in a particular year. However, it is usually set using a minimum total score and a minimum score for each test.

    We cannot say in advance what score will be needed to gain a place at a grammar school which ranks applicants for admission by score. This will only be clear when offers are made on 1 March. It depends on:

    • how many children apply to the school
    • how high their scores are
    • how many places the school has to offer
    • how many children who qualify can be offered another, higher preference.
  • Apply for grammar school

    Applications for secondary school will open in early September 2015 and close on 31 October.

    If your child took the test and was assessed as suitable for grammar school, any Kent grammar school you apply for will consider your application. However, this does not guarantee your child will be offered a place. If more children qualify for places than it has spaces for, the school will use its admissions criteria to decide which children to offer places to. If you are not offered a place at a grammar school because it is full you can put your child's name on the school's waiting list. You can also appeal to explain why you think the school should admit your child even though it is full.

    If your child was not tested or was not assessed as suitable for a Kent grammar school, you can still apply for a Kent grammar school but it will turn down your application. You will then have the right to appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.